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The Plight of the West’s Wolves Wall Street Journal
Butterfly swarm shows up on Denver radar system BBC (Chuck L, David L)
Dirt, Climate Hero? Forbes (Oregoncharles)
How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds Wall Street Journal via Flipboard (David L)
‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia Guardian (Chuck L). If you can only read one of the two “hijacking” articles, this is the one.
Kyle Bass Says ICO Investors Will Get Wiped Out in Crypto ‘Mania’ Bloomberg (David L)
“Evidence-Based Medicine”: Corporate Medicine’s Corrupted Instrument Medium (furzy). This is not straightforward, since the incentives for doctors are to overtest and overtreat.
Do this couple have the cure for Alzheimer’s disease? The Times. Not sure I buy this. Given that historical accounts of aging (in histories and literature) do not have the particularly personality-erosion of Alzheimers, I’ve long suspected it is triggered, and probably caused, by environmental factors. It also discusses “clogged arteries” in ways that conflict with better thinking re the role of cholesterol (as in it’s a backup repair system for arterial damage; if it was “artery gunk,” you’d see more cholesterol plaque in small arteries and veins first, and only later in the big ones around the heart). The new fad thinking re meat is that saturated fat is OK if it’s from grass fed critters. Not sure I buy that either. These paleo types don’t have real evidence backing their claims, plus animals in the wild are for the most part extremely lean, as any hunter will attest, and not at all comparable to farm raised ones. And the plural of anecdote is not data…but my mother eats lots of stuff these folks think is bad and not much they think is good, yet she’s turning 90 and is sharp as a tack. Readers?
Over half of new cancer drugs ‘show no benefits’ for survival or wellbeing Guardian (Chuck L)
Yingluck considers asylum applications for UK, Germany and France The Nation – Thailand (furzy)
French Parliament Advances a Sweeping Counterterrorism Bill New York Times (Sid S)
May fights to get a grip on her party The Times. This could be a default headline since her botched snap election.
Catalonia referendum: Call for pro-unity rallies in Spain BBC. The only rallies that matter are the once in Barcelona.
From a newsletter linking to a BBC radio program:
Raül Romeva, Catalonia’s foreign minister, on Friday announced that the Catalan parliament will attempt to meet on Monday — although he didn’t say where — in defiance of the Spanish Constitutional Court’s order to suspend a parliamentary session at which lawmakers were expected to vote on a declaration of independence from Spain.
New Cold War
The Russians Are Coming, Again Monthly Review (Sid S)
Jubeir: Russia-Saudi ties have reached historic moment Middle East Online (resilc)
How Tillerson Is Trying to Save the Iran Deal From His Boss New York Magazine (resilc)
U.N. blacklists Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen Reuters (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The Ever More Orwellian Definition of Terrorism Counterpunch
How to stop Google tracking your every move Thai Tech (furzy). This works only if you are not an official Person of Interest.
US orders new tariffs on Bombardier jets Financial Times. Putting link here, but as UK based, readers know well, this has big implications for Brexit
Trump Loves the Middle Class. Up to a Point Bloomberg (UserFriendly)
Facebook ‘Embeds’ Advised Trump’s Campaign, Digital Director Says Bloomberg. I gather this is seen as controversial but I am at a loss to understand why.
Republicans Propose Slashing Medicaid to Pay for Tax Cuts Vanity Fair (resilc)
California Sues To Stop Trump Administration Rollback Of Insurance Birth Control Requirement Consumerist. That was fast.
Back on the trail, Biden’s message rankles the left Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Bernie Sanders Isn’t Just Anti-Capitalist. Now He’s a Voice Against Militarism, Too. Foreign Policy in Focus (resilc). As if that’s a bad thing.
AP-NORC Poll: Just 24 percent say US heading right direction Associated Press (furzy)
NAACP Pushes for Transparency on 2020 Census Courthouse News (Allan)
Don’t Be Fooled: The NRA Doesn’t Want to Ban ‘Bump Stocks’ Nation (furzy)
Hudson Yards Wants to Be New York’s New Money Hub Bloomberg (furzy). FWIW, Steve Ross was my client 30 years ago.
Jobs Down 33K, Employment Up 906K, Full-Time Employment Down 65,000 Micheal Shedlock
Bill Gross And Breitbart Want Kashkari For Fed DealBreaker
Is the “globalisation –> disinflation” thesis bunk? FT Alphaville
Are those my words coming out of Steve Bannon’s mouth? Thomas Frank, Guardian (Jess)
Americans Are Pouring Back Into the Workforce, Jobs Data Show Bloomberg (UserFriendly). Notice the schizophrenic claims further down in the article.
State and Federal Leaders Tackle Student Debt National Conference of State Legislatures. UserFriendly: “God, neofeudalism is here.”
When Working From Home Doesn’t Work The Atlantic
Antidote du jour. Taken by reader Michael M in Golden State Park in San Francisco:
And a bonus video, from Ed R: a real life tortoise and hare race:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.